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posted Friday, May 13, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 19
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Janet Jackson plans escapade to Seattle

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Gimme a beat! And then gimme $130 for a seat in the second tier at McCaw Hall.

These are Janet Jackson's demands for her one-night show in Seattle, a long-awaited performance scheduled for August 29 that promises fans an up-close-and-personal experience. Should you want an even closer experience - say in the orchestra pit - be prepared to skip your mortgage payment because tickets are priced at $699. Of course, we're not talking about a wannabe diva here (you listening, Fergie?), we're talking about the real thing - an original, an artist who paved the way for female pop and R&B performers the past three decades, a tigress of a stage performer, and someone who made 'nasty' a not-so-nasty household word. Which brings us back to that mortgage payment. You could face eviction and be able to see Janet Jackson at McCaw Hall in a performance you'll be telling your great-godchildren about years from now. Make the right decision. Visit www.stubhub.com for tickets.

Janet Jackson's tour is said to be a greatest hits road outing, so expect any or all of the following to be played: 'Control,' 'What Have You Done for Me Lately,' 'Black Cat,' 'That's the Way Love Goes,' 'The Pleasure Principle,' 'Escapade,' 'Velvet Rope,' and 'All Nite (Don't Stop).'

This year's Bumbershoot lineup is being revealed one artist per day, and so far includes 2011 Grammy winners Mavis Staples and Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs, as well as The Kills, Broken Social Scene, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Minus the Bear, and 'Black and Yellow' hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa. Single-day and three-day tickets are on sale now at www.bumbershoot.org. Keep in mind that mainstage performances for this year's festival are being relocated from Memorial Stadium to Key Arena - no more shivering while we wait for Mary J. Blige to get the hell out of her dressing room!

Arizona-based rock band The Maine will likely interview again with Seattle Gay News - hopefully by phone this time. Last year I caught up with lead singer John O'Callaghan by email as the group was touring Europe. Not sure if it'll be Callaghan or another Maine member (ooh dirty, right?), but the interview will probably print in our June 3 issue. The Maine performs at The Showbox Market with Augustana on June 11 - visit www.showboxonline.com for tickets.

Finally, Grammy-winning hometown group Soundgarden will end their upcoming reunion tour at The Gorge Amphitheatre on July 30. Have I ever mentioned that I used to play 'Black Hole Sun' over and over again on the jukebox at a Gay bar in Tacoma? True story (but the part about me wearing a bandana and ripped jeans is completely exaggerated). Anyway, visit www.livenation.com for ticket information. Soundgarden is fronted by two-time Seattle Gay News interviewee Chris Cornell, who owes me a gazillion quarters for playing his songs over and over again on a jukebox (sans bandana).

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